Poetry has been used as a medium to communicate for centuries. Written, recited and published in various forms, this form of literature has come a long way today. From sonnets to free verses, and ballads to modern, poetry has evolved over the years. Chennai too has its set of poetry-high people. With clubs and groups conducting poetry reading sessions and slam poetry contests, many are trying to retain this beautiful form of literature.
“We have been conducting poetry festivals and sessions for over a decade. Poetry has definitely evolved in the city over the years, but at a slow pace,” explains Meera Krishnan, senior programme coordinator, Prakriti Foundation. These poetry groups and sessions provide a platform for young poets and poetry enthusiasts to participate and connect. Like every other medium, poetry too has undergone its own set of changes. What used to be traditional poems have evolved into spoken word and slam poetry contests as well as open mics.